Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Take a moment to journey back to the 18th-century tavern and hotel where famous historical figures and everyday people dined and slept. Learn about the history, architecture, decorative arts, social customs, food, and clothing of a past era.
- Grab those dancing shoes, flapper dresses and fedoras on March 1st and head to the Great Gadsby Swanky Speakeasy! Sponsored by the Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society, this event will feature Doc Scantlin and The Palmettos featuring Chou Chou.
- Starting in January, the Museum will be offering special programming for homeschool families. Download the Homeschool Day flyer for dates and themes.
- The Museum is looking for a few good volunteers. Please complete an online application and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with the details.
- Restoration of the Ice Well is officially complete! Learn more about the Ice Well Restoration or see the progress through the Museum's Facebook page.
- Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.
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Other Important Links
National Historic Landmark | National Register of Historic Places
American Alliance of Museums